Steam Reveals the Top-Selling and Most-Played Games of 2020

Steam has revealed its Best of 2020 lists, and while it doesn’t rank the top games, they do give a glimpse as to what games earned the most gross revenue and had the most players.

Steam’s Best of 2020 lists include Top Sellers, New Releases, Most Played, Early Access Grads, Best of VR, and Controller Games and games like Cyberpunk 2077, Grand Theft Auto V, Destiny 2, Counter-Strike, and DOTA 2 appear in multiple categories.

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The Top Sellers category features Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze tiers, but Steam doesn’t detail what amount of gross revenue is needed to qualify for a certain level. The Platinum Top Sellers, in alphabetical order, are as follows;

  • Among Us
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Destiny 2
  • Doom Eternal
  • DOTA 2
  • Fall Guys
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

The top New Releases are also measured by gross revenue, but aren’t broken down into any special categories besides the top games and by month. The best-selling New Releases are as follows;

  • Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Borderlands 3
  • Command & Conquer Remastered Collection
  • Crusader Kings III
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Death Stranding
  • Doom Eternal
  • Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
  • FIFA 21
  • Football Manager 2021
  • Grounded
  • Half-Life: Alyx
  • Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition
  • Mafia: Definitive Edition
  • Marvel’s Avengers
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator
  • Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord
  • Persona 4 Golden
  • Resident Evil 3
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Star Wars: Squadrons
  • Temtem
  • The Outer Worlds
  • Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem

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The Most Played category is measured by highest peak concurrent players and the top tier includes games that reached over 200,000 peak players. The games that reached that milestone are as follows;

  • Among Us
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Destiny 2
  • DOTA 2
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Life Is Strange 2
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  • Terraria

The Early Access Grads category is filled with games that left Early Access and found a ton of success. Hades – IGN’s 2020 Game of the Year – was one of the ten games that made the Platinum tier. The full list, as measured by gross revenue, is as follows;

  • Deep Rock Galactic
  • DJMAX RESPECT V
  • Factorio
  • Golf With Your Friends
  • Hades
  • Noita
  • Risk of Rain 2
  • Skater XL
  • Torchlight 3
  • Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem

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The Best of VR category is also split between Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze and is also measured by gross revenue. The full list is as follows;

  • Arizona Sunshine
  • Beat Saber
  • Blade & Sorcery
  • Boneworks
  • Half-Life: Alyx
  • Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
  • Pavlov VR
  • Pistol Whip
  • Superhot VR
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR
  • The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners
  • VR Kanojo

2020’s top Controller Games are the top games that support… well… controllers. They are also split into Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze and are measured by daily active controller players. The full list is as follows;

  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Dark Souls 3
  • Destiny 2
  • Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
  • Fall Guys
  • FIFA 21
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Hades
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • NBA 2K20
  • Persona 4 Golden
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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To see how Steam’s top games compare to IGNs, check out all the winners from our Game of the Year Awards 2020.

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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.

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